She’s on a shopping stopover in Singapore on her way to Bali. “We’re on an annual vacation with the kids. We spent a few days in Hong Kong’s Disneyland and now we will be hitting the beaches of Bali,” she says excitedly.
But it’s not all fun and games for Raveena Tandon. After four years of playing hands-on mummy to four-year-old Rasha and almost-two Ranbir, Raveena is back in the studios, joining Sachin Pilgaonkar and Rahul Mahajan on the judges’ panel of Chhote Miyan Chapter 2.
Though she’s enjoying the role reversal after being judged all these years, Raveena admits that handling kids—five from Chhote Miyan Chapter One and five new ones— is difficult.
“These bachchas are so fragile and vulnerable. You need to boost them up constantly and never put them down,” says the yummy mummy.
She agrees that such reality shows are adding to the pressure on kids but argues that the stress is there even at the school level.
“Your daughter gets 99 per cent and you’re not satisfied because she came third. Your sonwins a medal on the sports field but it’s only a bronze and not the gold,” she points out, adding that it’s up to the parents to use the platform judiciously without making their talented kids victims of over-exploitation or over-exposure. On her part Raveena is letting her children enjoy the simple pleasures of growing up without any stress.
She’s been reading two scripts a day but has decided to limit her commitments at a time to one film, that will be wrapped up in three months, and a TV show that will need no more than one shooting day a week.
Only after they’re through, will she take on more work. “The days of doing three shifts and 10 films simultaneously are over,” she insists.
Besides Chhote Miyan Chapter 2, Raveena has been shooting for Revathy’s Hindi remake of a Tamil film, Chaassni, also featuring Jaya Bachchan and Ayesha Takia.
“I’m playing a lawyer in the film and on the first day of the shoot, I was handed a five-page dialogue sheet and it was back to school,” she laughs, adding that she sailed through the shot in one take and her reaction to the unit’s taaliyan was to look heavenwards and say, “I was meant for this.”
You wonder if we’ll get to see her doing a Kissi disco mein jaaye with Govinda again and she says that she bumped into the actor recently at Macau during the IIFA Awards. “He complimented me on her slim and sexy look and threatened to come home with a film offer soon,” she laughs.
Raveena remembers how she had once accompanied her daughter to one of Shaimak Davar’s classes that had mummys joining their darlings on the dance floor.
Since the actress was around, there was a popular demand for Kissi disco mein jayee. She was ready to jive but to her surprise, Rasha burst into tears, wondering why the teacher was punishing them by making them do the dance alone.
‘I tried telling her that it was a mamma’s song. I even promised to show her the DVD once she got back home. But Rasha wasn’t appeased. For her I’m just a Tvwalli mummy,” Raveena chuckles.
Till her kids learn to appreciate her groovy moves, she is content to laugh her way through Chhote Miyan Chapter 2.